IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, THE GRACIOUS, THE MERCIFUL

Sheihu Salawatia was given a peace award for his outstanding contribution towards peace in Tamale and the Northern Region in general

SPEECH ON MAIDEN PEACE AWARD NIGHT

BY SHEIHU HUSAIN RASHID SALWAT

 Mr. Chairman, his Excellency the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, great chiefs of our nation, eminent religious leaders, hardworking awardees, ladies and gentlemen; I start this maiden peace award night by greeting you with the most prestigious greetings in Islam which is; “Asalamu alaikum waramatulaahi”, meaning, may the peace and blessings of God be upon you all.

I am highly honoured and very glad to be part of this august occasion, and I am most grateful to be given the opportunity to stand on behalf of my fellow recipients of this historic award and thank the organizers most sincerely, they are Diamond FM, Action Aid Ghana and Tumalana Outfit.

Ladies and gentlemen, join me to say a big thank you to the organizers of this important event; since they are re-echoing the call for peace and unity in our society.

Mr. Chairman, ladies and gentlemen the Islamic concept of calling for peace and unity in a community is an all-inclusive one irrespective of one’s religious, tribal background or party affiliations. In fact Islam and all other religions teach us to be each other’s keeper. Being each other’s keeper, Mr. Chairman, is obviously a solid foundation for any progressive society and also a platform for peaceful co-existence between religious groups and tribes.

Mr. Chairman, gentlemen of the press, ladies and gentlemen, the launching of this laudable idea is timely and could not have come at a better time; we all need to sustain the current peace we are enjoying in the northern region. The recognition of peacemakers is a step in the right direction and I hope it would serve as a motivation for others.

Ladies and gentlemen, we all know that, the evidence of hard work is motivation and proper recognition. We will always thank Diamond FM, Action Aid Ghana and Tumalana, because they are the first to recognize and organize the award night in this region.

 Fellow awardees, let’s do more to satisfy their quest for accomplishing total peace and unity not only in the Northern Region but also anywhere there is trouble in Ghana. Remember, peace is paramount and above all, it brings development and prosperity to our lives and dear nation. Let us do more in the maintenance of peace and conflict resolution in our country.

I will also urge you all to adopt pro-active mechanism to create the conducive environment for more investors, to invest in our land, this when achieved, our names shall be written in gold forever.

I therefore appeal to all stakeholders and all present here to join hands in sustaining this laudable initiative. Let’s make it an annual event and the advantages will be enormous.

I will personally support the initiative with my prayers and will set the pace for everybody to follow. I pray for the Government and its functionaries. I pray for all the chiefs and people of Dagbon. I pray for all the chiefs and people of Ghana. I pray for the prosperity of our dear country. I pray for the Regional Minister and the Metropolitan Chief Executive and their officials for the keen interest in finding a permanent and an everlasting peace for the Dagbon crises. I pray for Peace for the entire world.

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